Some of you may already have discovered this but I’m late to the party 🙂
I’ve just discovered that the Free Finale Notepad (Windows only) can change the key of 75% of hymncharts arrangements!
Over the years I’ve tried using the Free Finale Notepad but it just didn’t work that great. It might change the key but it would also mess the spacing up so bad that the sheet music looked awful.
Recently I thought I’d take another look to see if the software had changed. It has! I tried changing the key of All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name and when it worked I nearly fell out of my chair. I’m so excited LOL!
BUT… here’s why it will work on only 75% of the arrangements: the Free Finale Notepad will only change the key of the entire arrangement.
That means it won’t work on my earliest arrangements. Back when hymncharts started years ago it was in vogue to modulate (change key) on the final verse of a song, giving it a “lift.” These days with modern worship the songs stay in the same key throughout. In fact, I literally can’t remember playing a key change in a church praise band in over ten years.
This means the Free Finale Notepad will NOT work on my older arrangements (about 25% of them) because it won’t insert the key change on the last verse (instead only changing the key of the entire hymn.) You’ll have to use one of the paid versions of Finale (Finale or Printmusic) to do that.
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